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The Honorable James F. Garnsey Booklet

Authored by Janet C. Kirkland IHS '57

Ms. Janet Kirkland (Ilion's first female Trustee) compiled and presented this document,
as a gift, to fellow Democrat James F. Garnsey in 1988.
Republished with the permission of Mr. James F. Garnsey, Ilion's longest serving Mayor!

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The Honorable James F. Garnsey - Term James F. Garnsey - Mayoral Term

 

VILLAGE BOARDS

MAYORS

TRUSTEES

ILION, NEW YORK

Incorporated 1852

 

In 1987, the Village Board decided that the Municipal Building should have something to recognize those who have been elected to the Office of Mayor or Trustee.

The 'Mayor's Wall' has become a reality and is dedicated to all who have devoted time to the Village of Ilion and its people.

Mayor: Joseph D. Collea,Jr.

Trustees:
Marilyn Slaughter
Mary Lupinski
Emmett Gollegly
Janet Kirkland

 

VILLAGE OF ILION

On October 4, 1852 a petition was filed in the Herkimer County Court of Sessions for the Incorporation of the Village of Ilion.

The Honorable Ezra Graves, County Judge, presided with Justices H. Randall and H. R. Wood. The Order of Incorporation was given on October 6, 1852.

A vote on the Incorporation, by the residents, was held on October 30, 1852 and of the 68 votes cast - 57 voted 'yes' and Judge Graves signed the affidavit that the Incorporation papers 'are in all respects legal.'

The government of Ilion was to be a Village Board. Five Trustees would be elected each year in March and they, in turn, would elect from themselves a President of the Board.

On November 30, 1852, five men were elected to serve until March, 1853 when the first Village Meeting would be held for the purpose of electing a Village Board.

 

PRESIDENT (MAYOR)

From 1853 to 1884, the President was one of the elected Trustees - chosen by his peers to serve as President.

In 1884, the President was, for the first time, elected to the office by the citizens of the Village. The term of office was one year.

From 1884 to 1949, the President of Ilion was elected for one year while the Trustees were elected for two-year terms.

In 1949, the office of President became a two-year term. The President and two Trustees to be elected in the odd years and the other two Trustees in the even years. At present - 1988 - this is still the practice.

In 1986, Local Law No. 4, officially changed the name from President to Mayor.

 

Mayors

As of 1988, there have been fifty-three men elected to the position of President or Mayor.

From 1852 to 1884, when the President was chosen by the Board of Trustees from among themselves - twelve (12) men held the office. Philo Osgood served for eleven (11) years and Philo Remington for five(5).

From 1884 to the present (1988), the people of Ilion have elected forty-two (42) men as President/Mayor. Philo Remington was the first to be elected by the citizens and served two one-year terms. He was President for a total of seven (7) years.

Since the election of Mayors began in 1884, the average number of years served by Mayors is two. The following have served the longest time in office:

James F. Garnsey - 10 years
Oliver Coleman - 9 years
Frank Whitney - 7 years
Dr. Y. L. Power - 5 years
John B. Morris - 5 years


PRESIDENT/MAYORS
John A. Rasbach
1852 - 1853, 1856 - 1857, 1859 - 1860
Eliphalet Remington
1853 - 1855
A. D. Keeler
1855 - 1856
Philip R. Pryme
1857 - 1859
Samuel Remington
1860 - 1861
Philo Remington
1861 - 1866, 1884 - 1886
Philo Osgood
1866 - 1877
Harvey Hakes
1877 - 1879
John V. Schmidt
1879 - 1881
Matthew Sterling
1881 - 1882
Arthur Taylor
1882 - 1883
Freeman L. Twiss
1883 - 1884
John Thomas
1886 - 1887
Charles Carpenter
1887 - 1889
James Conkling
1889 - 1890
George 0. Rasbach
1890 - 1892
Dr. A. J. Douglass
1892 - 1893
C. Smith Ingham
1893 - 1895
James M. Dygert
1895 - 1897
A. D. Morgan
1897 - 1899
N. A. Hanchett
1899 - 1900
D.E. Walker
1900 - 1901
Anthony Steber
1901 - 1905
Seward Hakes
1905 - 1906
Walter C. Rix
1906 - 1907
Edward C. Whitmore
1907 - 1908
Lynn G. Carver
1908 - 1909
Fayette Getman
1909 - 1910
Frank D. DeLong
1910 - 1912
Abram Dengler
1912 - 1914
Philip H. Ward
1914 - 1917
Edward Bedford
1917 - 1918, 1919 - 1920
George Schesch
1918 - 1919
Theodore Schmidt
1920 - 1921
Roscoe Whiter
1921 - 1924
Rome Worden
1924 - 1926
Walter VanWiggeren
1926 - 1928
Carl Betzinger
1928 - 1930
Oliver S. Coleman
1930 - 1932, 1939 - 1945, 1947 - 1948
Frank C. Whitney
1932 - 1939
Frank M. Bellinger
1945 - 1947
Dr. Y. L. Power
1948 - 1953
Cyrus Deyle
1953 - 1955
Jack Manley
1955 - 1959
Thomas Williams
1959 - 1961
Herman Stubley
1961 - 1963
Donald Hall
1963 - 1965
John B. Morris
1965 - 1969, 1986 - 1987
Bernard C. Murray
1969 - 1971
James F. Garnsey
1971 - 1981
David Wickersham
1981 - 9/1985
Thomas Lester
9/1985 - 1986
Joseph D. Collea, Jr.
1987 -

 

TRUSTEES

The Board of Trustees was set as the governing body of the Village of Ilion.

From 1852 to 1865 five Trustees were elected each year for a one-year term.

In 1865, the election of a Trustee was set for a five-year term. At this time, each of the five positions was on the ballot for a specific term - from one to five years - in preparation for one Trustee to be elected each year to the five-year term.

From 1864-1884, Trustees served a five-year term.

In 1884 - the first time the President is elected by the citizens - the Trustee term is changed to two years. Two Trustees would be elected each year.

From 1884 - Present (1988) Trustees are elected for two-years; two being elected each year.

One hundred and ninety-one people have been elected or appointed Trustee in the Village of Ilion.

From 1884, when Mayors were elected by the population, seventeen (17) Trustees have also been elected Mayor.

In 1975, Janet Kirkland was the first woman elected Trustee. At present (1988), three other women have also been elected.

The Trustees have averaged 2.5 years of service. The following served the longest time in office:

Philo Remington 24 years
Elliott T. Lester 16 years
Philo Osgood 12 years
Frank J. Miller 10 years
Frank A. Morrison 10 years
Thomas Lester 9.5 years
Janet Kirkland 9 years
Louis A. Lory 8 years
Thomas Richardson 7 years
John V. Schmidt 7 years
L. Dale Connors 6 years
Seward Hakes 6 years
Glendon Kasarda 6 years
Louis H. Lory 6 years
James Marsland 6 years
Bernard Murray 6 years
Robert Reynolds 6 years
Harold Riddell 6 years

 

TRUSTEES
John A. Rasbach 10/1852 - 3/1853,
3/1856 - 3/1857,
3/1859 - 3/1860
John Harrington 10/1852 - 3/1853
Conrad Folts 10/1852 - 3/1853
Phineas Gates 10/1852 - 3/1853
Alexander Underwood 10/1852 - 3/1853
Eliphalet Remington 3/1853 - 3/1855
A. D. Keeler 3/1853 - 3/1854,
3/1855 - 3/1855
William H. Thomas 3/1853 - 3/1854
Jacob Getman 3/1853 - 3/1854,
3/1855 - 3/1856
Egbert Owen 3/1853 - 3/1854,
3/1859 - 3/1860
Jacob Myers 3/1854 - 3/1855
William C. Barnes 3/1854 - 3/1855
Abraham Elwood 3/1854 - 3/1855
Charles W. Carpenter 3/1854 - 3/1855,
3/1866 - 3/1870
Nicholas Steele 3/1855 - 3/1856
Joseph Budlong 3/1855 - 3/1856
Louis Stevens 3/1855 - 3/1856
John Paddock 3/1856 - 3/1857
Samuel Remington 3/1856 - 3/1857,
3/1860 - 3/1861
Philip H. Pryme 3/1856 - 3/1859
John Ingersoll 3/1856 - 3/1857
A. A. Morgan 3/1857 - 3/1859
D. Petrie 3/1857 - 3/1858
David D. Devoe 3/1857 - 3/1858,
3/1860 - 3/1861
James Conklin 3/1857 - 3/1858
M. Steber 3/1858 - 3/1859
James M. Dygert 3/1858 - 3/1860
Philo Remington 3/1859 - 3/1860,
3/1861 - 3/1884
Floyd C. Shepard 3/1859 - 3/1861,
3/1863 - 3/1865,
3/1874 - 3/1879
J.F. Thomas 3/1860 - 3/1861
Denis Dygert 3/1860 - 3/1861
Jacob Chismore 3/1861 - 3/1862,
3/1870 - 3/1875
John Hoefler 3/1861 - 3/1865
William J. Lewis 3/1861 - 3/1865
H.H. Rogers 3/1861 - 3/1863
A. E. Brooks 3/1862 - 3/1865
Justin B. Pelton 3/1865 - 3/1869
Seth E. Pelton 3/1865 - 3/1866
Philo Osgood 3/1865 - 3/1877
Thomas Richardson 3/1865 - 5/1865,
3/1866 - 3/1873
L. L. Merry 6/1865 - 3/1866
Ansel M. Ross 3/1869 - 3/1874
Thomas A. Morgan 3/1873 - 3/1878
Harvey Hakes 3/1875 - 3/1880
Dr. Hamblin B. Maben 3/1877 - 9/1877
Samuel H. Kinne 10/1877 - 3/1878
John V. Schmidt 3/1878 - 3/1885
Matthew Sterling 3/1878 - 3/1883
Freeman L. Twiss 4/1879 - 3/1884
Arthur Taylor 3/1880 - 3/1884
John Irlam 3/1883 - 3/1886
Lewis Walker 3/1884 - 3/1885
Samuel Russell 3/1884 - 3/1885
Albert M. Ross 3/1885 - 3/1886
Charles Carpenter 3/1885 - 3/1887
F. C. Shepard 3/1888 - 3/1890
George Wilfert 3/1885 - 3/1889
George Leach 3/1886 - 3/1890
Richard Winegar 3/1886 - 3/1888
0. B. Tufts 3/1887 - 3/1889
James E. Ballard 3/1889 - 3/1891
Seward Hakes 3/1889 - 3/1893,
3/1909 - 3/1911
Anthony Steber 3/1890 - 3/1892
Nelson A. Hanchett 3/1890 - 3/1892
Harrington P. Whitney 3/1891 - 3/1893
Michael L. Burke 3/1892 - 3/1894
John Van Gumster 3/1892 - 3/1894
Henry Brand 3/1893 - 3/1895
William Onyans 3/1893 - 3/1895
Samuel Halliwell 3/1894 - 3/1896
Moses B. Flanders 3/1894 - 3/1896
Samuel Segur 3/1895 - 3/1897
Frederick W. Aicheler 3/1895 - 3/1897
John S. Nichols 3/1896 - 3/1900
Frederick Joerissen 3/1896 - 3/1900
Reuben Hotaling 3/1897 - 3/1899,
3/1900 - 3/1902
C. A. Halliday 3/1897 - 11/1997
L. N. Walker 11/1897 - 3/1901
James Marsland 3/1899 - 3/1905
Henry Wilcox 3/1900 - 2/1902
Frank B. Sullivan 3/1901 - 3/1905
B. A. Witte 3/1902 - 3/1906
Conrad Klippel 3/1902 - 3/1904
L.F. Joerissen 3/1904 - 11/1904
Walter C. Rix 3/1905 - 3/1906
Abram E. Dengler 3/1905 - 3/1909
Dr. Henry J. Hunter 3/1905 - 3/1909
Lynn G. Carver 3/1906 - 3/1908
L. E. Hollister 3/1906 - 3/1910
George E. Gough 3/1908 - 3/1912
H. C. Knandel 3/1909 - 3/1911
Orville E. Young 3/1910 - 3/1914
Walter Arnold 3/1911 - 3/1915
Elliott M. Gay 3/1911 - 3/1915
Floyd C. Ackler 3/1912 - 3/1914
Edward 0 Davies 3/1914 - 3/1916
Howard L. Doty 3/1914 - 3/1918
W. T. Jones 3/1915 - 3/1917
H. P. Hamlin 3/1915 - 3/1917
Floyd A. Clayton 3/1916 - 3/1918
John D. Luke 3/1917 - 3/1919
Louis L. Burghoff 3/1917 - 3/1918
Irving P. Robson 3/1918 - 3/1920
Harrison Fay 3/1918 - 3/1920
Fred Weisbecker 5/1918 - 3/1919
Charles L. Jones 3/1919 - 3/1921
Frank C. Whitney 3/1919 - 3/1921
Charles Klossner 3/1920 - 3/1923
Frederick Jochmus 3/1920 - 3/1924
John A. Burkhart 3/1921 - 3/1925
Robert E. Patterson 3/1921 - 3/1925
Barthold Sackett 3/1923 - 3/1926
Harry B. Wilkens 3/1924 - 3/1926
Louis H. Lory 3/1925 - 3/1931
Walter VanWiggeran 3/1925 - 2/1926
Clarence Getman 2/1926 - 3/1931
Thomas Harrison 3/1926 - 3/1929
Carl Betzinger 3/1926 - 3/1928
Oliver S. Coleman 3/1928 - 3/1930
William H. Young 3/1929 - 3/1930
Grover W. Radley 3/1930 - 3/1932
James A. Scott 3/1930 - 3/1932
John W. Smith 3/1931 - 3/1933
Leo T. Murphy 3/1931 - 3/1933
Edward H. Grainger 3/1932 - 3/1934
James A. Smith 3/1933 - 3/1935
James w. Keller 3/1933 - 3/1935
Clayton A. Foote 3/1934 - 3/1938
Charles A. Paddock 3/1934 - 3/1938
William A. Maury 3/1935 - 3/1937
Caius Nichols 3/1935 - 3/1937
Louis A. Lory 3/1937 - 3/1945
Frank A. Morrison 3/1937 - 3/1947
Elliott T. Lester 3/1938- 3/1948,
3/1955 - 3/1961
Frank J. Miller 3/1938 - 3/1948
John S. Thomas 3/1945 - 3/1947
Peter L. Hagan 3/1947 - 3/1949
Frank E. Sheffield 3/1947 - 3/1949
Clarence A. Myers 3/1948 - 10/1949
Howard F. Fifield 3/1948 - 3/1950
Jerome L. Urtz 3/1949 - 3/1953
George E. Dack 3/1949 - 3/1951,
3/1952 - 11/1952
Harold J. Casey 10/1949 - 3/1950
George F. Hildebrandt 3/1950 - 3/1952
Harold E. Walrath 3/1950 - 3/1952
Cyrus Deyle 3/1951 - 3/1953
Arthur D. Kerr 3/1952 - 3/1956
Edward Sullivan 3/1953 - 3/1955
Miles Hammond 3/1953 - 3/1957
Elwyn Swarthout 3/1953 - 3/1956
Thomas S. Williams 3/1956 - 3/1959
Dr. Arthur Leistyna 3/1956 - 3/1958
William Momberger 3/1957 - 3/1959,
8/1959 - 3/1962
Murray Mixer 3/1958 - 9/1959
Norman Menard 10/1959 - 3/1960
Dr. G. Roger Weeden 3/1959 - 3/1961
Herman T. Stubley 3/1960 - 3/1961
John B. Morris 3/1961 - 3/1963
Richard K. Powers 3/1961 - 3/1965
John H. Sweeney 5/1961 - 3/1962
Bernard C. Murray 3/1962 - 3/1968
Donald Hall 3/1962 - 3/1963
Melvin Sitterly 3/1963 - 3/1965
Malvin Applegate 3/1963 - 3/1964
John Brewer 3/1964 - 3/1966
John J. Janicki 3/1965 - 3/1967
George H. Long 3/1965 - 3/1969
David E. Lonis 3/1966 - 4/1971
Edson J. Wood 3/1967 - 3/1971
Harold H. Riddell 3/1968 - 3/1974
Robert J. Reynolds 3/1969 - 3/1975
James E. Spellman 3/1971 - 3/1975
Michael E. DeRocco 4/1971 - 3/1972
Joseph L. Kinville 3/1972 - 3/1976
Jacob L. Cooper 3/1974 - 3/1976
Janet C. Kirkland 3/1975 - 3/1983,
3/1987 - 3/1988
L. Dale Connors 3/1975 - 3/1981
Thomas Lester 3/1976 - 9/1985
Robert Bulson 3/1976 - 3/1980
David Wickersham 3/1980 - 3/1981
Glendon Kasarda 3/1981 - 3/1987
George Bracken 3/1981 - 3/1982
Joseph D. Collea, Jr. 3/1982 - 3/1987
Kenneth Dack, Jr. 3/1983 - 3/1985
Fay Davis 3/1985- 3/1987
Carl Menge 10/85 - 3/1986
Marilyn Slaughter 3/1986
Mary Lupinski 3/1987
Emmett Gollegly 3/1987
Stephen A. Canipe 3/1988

 

ilionalumni.com additional comment below
Note * - Herman 'Ben' Stubley was Ilion's youngest elected Mayor. He was 32 years old when he was elected Mayor in 1961. As of 1975, he held more public offices than any other Ilionite. He served as assessor, trustee, mayor, town supervisor and on the Ilion Central School Board.
see Utica Daily Observer - February 2, 1975 c/o www.fultonahistory.com

 

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